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Muncie, Indiana

At 11:53pm EDT, the temperature at Muncie, IN was 47 degrees under fair skies. A dome of high pressure has taken hold from the Northern/Central Plains through the Great Lakes. This is keeping a frontal boundary camped out over the Ohio Valley down into the Southern Plains. An area of low pressure is expected to ride along the boundary throughout the day Saturday, but luckily for us, it should remain south of the Muncie area, sparing them of precip for the day. High pressure continues to linger over the region into Sunday and with mostly clear skies expected, temperatures will warm nicely throughout the area. Looks like a nice end to the weekend is in store!

Saturday: Cloudy, clearing a bit late. High 58, Low 43.
Sunday: Sunny and warmer. High 68, Low 41.

TWC: Saturday: Cloudy, some isolated showers. High 56, Low 43.
Sunday: Sunny. High 68, Low 39.

AW: Saturday: Cloudy and breezy, a shower possible. High 55, Low 42.
Sunday: Sunny and warmer. High 68, Low 39.

NWS: Saturday: Chance of showers. High 51, Low 44.
Sunday: Sunny. High 66, Low 41.

WB: Saturday: Chance of rain showers. High 53, Low 43.
Sunday: Sunny and warmer. High 66, Low 42.

WN: Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 52, Low 43.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 66, Low 41.

FIO: Saturday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 62, Low 42.
Sunday: Partly cloudy overnight. High 70, Low 40.

Some rain showers are pushing out of the area near Cincinnati, with a fairly dry overnight period ahead. While tomorrow will remain overcast, clearer skies are ahead!

Longview, Texas

Today we take a look at eastern TX, to see what the residents of Longview will encounter for Easter. Will their walk into church tomorrow be full of sun or will they have to dodge some storms?

At 653pm CDT, the temperature in Longview, TX was 80 degrees under fair skies. High pressure controls much of the Southeast US, the effects of which will trail off over eastern TX over the next couple of days. A frontal boundary found from the Great Lakes into the Central Plains won’t be of much concern on Easter, although some scattered shower activity looks to pop up over Central LA during the afternoon hours. The front gets much closer on Monday but still looks like it will stall out to the north of the region. However, scattered shower and thunderstorm activity in the afternoon and evening hours looks possible. Easter shouldn’t be too much of a concern, but some afternoon sports practices should keep an eye to the sky on Monday.

Sunday: Increasing afternoon clouds. High 83, Low 63.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, scattered early evening showers and thunderstorms possible. High 83, Low 65.

TWC: Sunday: Cloudy, slight chance of showers. High 84, Low 62.
Monday: Morning clouds, afternoon sun. Slight chance of showers. High 83, Low 64.

AW: Sunday: A thunderstorm in spots. High 85, Low 63.
Monday: Cloudy, a couple of thunderstorms. High 83, Low 64.

NWS: Sunday: Slight chance of thunderstorms. High 83, Low 64.
Monday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 82, Low 64.

WB: Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 20% chance of showers. High 83, Low 64.
Monday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 81, Low 66.

WN: Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. High 82, Low 64.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. High 82, Low 64.

FIO: Sunday: Mostly cloudy, drizzle in evening. High 84, Low 64.
Monday: Light rain possible in evening. High 86, Low 66.

Some isolated shower activity is found off to the east over Northern LA this evening. Similar conditions are expected tomorrow afternoon, but more widespread activity looks to be in the cards for Monday.

Panhandle Slowpoke

As we push further into Spring, severe weather seems to be a possibility every single day. Earlier today, a couple of supercells popped up over the TX Panhandle, one of them spawned a very picturesque tornado near Dimmit, Texas (which later evolved into a very large wedge tornado, but luckily nobody seemed to get injured from it). Working in the interest of public safety, was the absolute snails pace of which it was moving. Over the span of 8 hours, the cell moved only 80 miles, a glacial pace when it comes to supercell storms. Radar indicated that over 10 inches of rain fell over a couple of counties, leading to many reports of flash-flooding in the region. However, due to hail contamination, that’s probably an over-representation of how much actually fell, probably closer to 4-7 inches (which is still a TON of rain in a 6-8 hour period). At least the storm’s slow movement meant people had plenty of time to avoid the tornadoes associated with the cell, which is what we all like to see.

Sierra Snowfall

This Winter saw storm after storm demolish California, leading to the demise of their incredible multi-year drought. It will still take a couple years worth of storms to help get the groundwater level to where it should be, but the Sierra’s supply much of California with their drinking water through its winter snowpack. That’s why the groundwater has gone down rapidly these last few years, the snowpack had been way below normal when it finally melted in the spring/summer months. This year, however, was an entirely different story. Feet upon feet of snow fell during numerous winter storms, resulting in gargantuan season snow totals. Here’s a map (courtesy of NWS Sacramento) that shows the impressive totals seen throughout the CA Sierra’s this season. Hopefully this provides plentiful water to the major cities of the state this summer!

Poughkeepsie, New York to Shreveport, Louisiana

Yet another road trip! What does this family have against flying places?! At least this isn’t a cross-country trip, but will still take 3 days to navigate from southeastern NY to northern LA. Hopefully we avoid the snow this time!

DAY ONE

Partly cloudy skies greet us this morning as high pressure sits off the New England coastline. Warm temperatures will greet the Northeast as upper 70s and maybe even some low 80s are possible as we cruise through northern NJ and into eastern PA. We’ll probably see some more clouds in the evening as we push into northern VA as a frontal boundary pushes closer to our route, but it should be a dry day as we finish in Harrisonburg, VA.

DAY TWO

The boundary that was pushing through the Appalachians overnight pretty much washes out by morning, with a lingering bit of it found over the Mid-Atlantic. A bit cooler temps will greet the region, but the conditions should be dry as we head southwestward through VA into eastern TN. Overall, another fairly good day!

DAY THREE

It’s going to be a long day of driving, but with high pressure controlling much of the Deep South and Gulf Coast, we shouldn’t have any real problems driving! Might be some patchy fog as we head out of Chattannooga towards Birmingham, but should burn off fairly quickly. We’ll continue along I-20 through Tuscaloosa and through Mississippi before pushing into northern Louisiana late in the evening. It’ll be late but eventually we finally arrive worry-free into Shreveport!

Olympia, Washington to New York, New York

Well we just did a cross country road trip, so why not do another one? This family is a glutton for punishment. Today, we embark on a 2800+ mile road trip from the capital of Washington to The City That Never Sleeps. It’s going to take a full 6 days to make the trip, so here we go!

DAY ONE

Today starts our intimate trip of I-90 as we’ll be spending plenty of time getting to know it on this trip. A trough is continuing to push through the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies this weekend, kicking up widespread rain showers from Olympia through the Cascades. They’ll taper off a bit as we push through Central WA, but as we start to head through the tiny bit of Northern Idaho and eventually into western MT, we can expect some snow showers to greet us thanks to the elevation change. It will probably be some slow going for the evening as we end our night in Missoula, Mt.

DAY TWO

Today isn’t going to be much better than the end of Day 1 as the storm system starts to slowly push out into the Plains. However, the snow focused along the inverted trough will keep snow over a decent chunk of our trip today. Billings looks at getting a few inches throughout the day, which is where we’ll have to drive through as we eventually make our way to Wyoming. We’re only making it to Sheridan tonight, darn snow!

DAY THREE

Today will be a long day as we try and make up some time, but we’ll still be somewhat vexed by the storm system we’re “chasing” it seems. The early part of the drive through northwest WY should be cloudy but otherwise fairly quiet, and looks to stay that way until we pass by Rapid City, SD. As we continue eastward on I-90 through the state, we could see some more rain/snow showers by the time we make it to central SD. Luckily any activity should be fairly light and spotty, and eventually we make our way into Sioux Falls, SD for the night.

DAY FOUR

Finally we’ve escaped that storm system! It kinda fizzled out as it pushed into the Great Lakes overnight as high pressure built in behind it over the Upper Midwest. That bodes well for us as today’s trip through Southern MN and southern WI should be fairly uneventful. We end the night in Rockford, IL, only 30someodd miles from my hometown!

DAY FIVE

High pressure will continue to sit over the Great Lakes region throughout the day, so other than some morning clouds, another dry day is in store for us. We’ll traverse our way through Chicago and northern Indiana before negotiating some road construction in Northern Ohio. We’ll end our day in Youngstown, OH, only 1 day to go!

DAY SIX

High pressure still controls the Northeast although a weak boundary is kicking up some showers over NY and southern MI. Luckily, our route through PA and northern NJ will avoid any of those precipitation hiccups. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected, but should be smooth sailing weather-wise into NYC for the evening!

Altoona, Pennsylvania to Eugene, Oregon

I’m back everybody! I spent a fortnight over in Ireland, which was my first ever trip across the pond. The weather was stereotypically Irish the first half of the trip, but the last 4-5 days were just SPECTACULAR. Lots of sun, few clouds, no rain, upper 50’s to low 60s. Gorgeous weather for my tour across the country. Meanwhile, back here in the states, I get back into the swing of things with a cross-country road trip, from PA to Oregon. In Ireland, it literally was a 2.5 hour drive to drive across the country. This trip… is going to take 5 full days to traverse the 2,674 miles. Ireland is the size of South Carolina! Well, time to get a move on…

DAY ONE

We start out heading west from Altoona past Pittsburgh into northeastern Ohio. A cloudy morning is expected before breaking up some during the late morning hours. Dry weather is expected as we continue past Cleveland and along I-90 into northern Indiana. By early afternoon, we’ll see some shower activity as an area of low pressure works its way into the Ohio Valley. We could see some isolated thunderstorm activity as well, but the worst of things will remain far off to the south. Shower activity is expected to increase as we push into Joliet, IL for the night.

DAY TWO

There could be a light rain/snow mix as we start the day heading westward, but we’ll quickly get out of that activity as high pressure is sitting over the Plains. Clouds will eventually give way to sunny skies as we make our way through Iowa, and with the dry weather expected throughout the day, a fairly easy day is expected as we pull into Lincoln, NE for the night.

DAY THREE

It’s going to be more of the same today as a ridge of high pressure continues to control the Plains for our trip westward into Wyoming. A developing low pressure system over the Northern Plains will cause some gusty southerly winds in western Nebraska into eastern Wyoming, but dry weather is expected throughout the day once again. We end our long day in Rawlins, WY.

DAY FOUR

A cold front is sweeping its way through the Rockies today, which will bring some rain showers to our route as we make our way through southwestern WY into Northern UT. The system will be warm enough that we shouldn’t have to worry about snowfall on the highways, though there could be some in the much higher mountain elevations. Once we get past Salt Lake City/Odgen, UT, most of the activity should have shifted off to our east. We can’t completely rule out a stray shower or two as we push into southern ID, but shouldn’t be of much consequence. We finish the day in Twin Falls, ID. Almost there!

DAY FIVE

Our final day, and it’s going to be a long one. We’ll take I-84 northwest towards Boise, then eventually on Hwy 20 westward throughout Oregon. High pressure is pushing through the Pacific Northwest, so it should be a dry trip through Idaho and into eastern Oregon. Clouds will be on the increase as we push closer to our final stop, as a cold front looks to shift towards the WA/OR coastline late in the day. We should get to Eugene just ahead of the front’s arrival, but don’t be surprised if a few rain showers are there to greet us.

Terre Haute, Indiana

All the talk today is going to be on the Northeast and New England states, as a powerful winter storm takes aim. Will it be the snowiest Pi Day in history for them? Probably. But alas, we’re focused on Indiana today! Let’s see how the Midwest is faring.

At 1153pm EDT, the temperature at Terre Haute, IN was 30 degrees under overcast skies. Snowfall from earlier today has pushed off to the east mostly, getting ready to cripple the Northeast. There could be a couple lingering snow showers in the area early this morning, but conditions will settle down throughout the day as high pressure begins to build in over the Midwest. Wednesday looks to clear out as high pressure settles overhead, with sunny skies and temperatures a lil bit warmer perhaps. Wednesday morning will be chilly with the clear skies, but a lot nicer than the last couple days have been!

Tuesday: Isolated snow shower possible, otherwise cloudy. High 31, Low 22.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 18.

TWC: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of snow shower. High 33, Low 23.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 17.

AW: Tuesday: Cloudy with a snow shower; breezy. High 33, Low 24.
Wednesday: Partly sunny and cold. High 35, Low 17.

NWS: Tuesday: Chance of snow showers. High 34, Low 24.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 17.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of snow showers. High 32, Low 19
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 33, Low 18.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with chance of light snow showers. High 34, Low 21.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 36, Low 18.

FIO: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy until evening. High 35, Low 21.
Wednesday: Clear throughout the day. High 38, Low 20.

Some higher clouds associated with tomorrow’s Northeast blizzard are shifting out of the Ohio Valley, while additional clouds stream in from the west. A deck of low clouds is found over IL/IN this evening, but is expected to clear out for Wednesday.

Chilly End To Weekend

The forecast for Dothan, AL panned out as expected, precip-wise anyways. Saturday was pleasantly sunny, perhaps just a couple degrees cooler than expected. Sunday morning, the light rain showers moved on in, but overcast skies behind it kept temperatures WAY below what was expected. Like 10 degrees lower. Oops. Oh well, people probably weren’t going out much Sunday anyways. VW, TWC, and AW all tied for the win, albeit not with a score we’re particularly proud of.

Saturday: High 69, Low 45.
Sunday: 0.17″ of rain. High 54, Low 46.
Forecast Grade: D

Dothan, Alabama

Today we head off to the Deep South, someplace much warmer than VW HQ. Will they see some precip in the liquid form this weekend? Or will Spring Break start off hot and sunny?

At 1053pm CST, the temperature at Dothan, AL was 56 degrees under fair skies. A bit of high pressure continues to linger over the Southeast, but a pattern change is about to happen. There’s a ill-organized area of low pressure found pushing into the Central Plains tonight and will continue to ride the base of an upper-level trough, shifting its way into the Southeast during the early morning hours on Sunday. Some rain showers will start pushing into southeastern Alabama during the early morning hours and last until the early afternoon before continuing off to the east. Late Sunday evening should clear out precip-wise, but clouds are expected to linger. So, kind of a half-and-half weekend shaping up. Enjoy Saturday!

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Sunday: Cloudy, morning showers expected. High 64, Low 48.

TWC: Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 45.
Sunday: Cloudy, scattered showers. High 63, Low 50.

AW: Saturday: Thickening clouds. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Cooler with showers around. High 63, Low 50.

NWS: Saturday: Sunny, increasing clouds late. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Rain likely in morning, then decreasing by evening. High 63, Low 51.

WB: Saturday: Sunny. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Showers expected. High 63, Low 52.

WN: Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with rain likely. High 63, Low 51.

FIO: Saturday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. High 76, Low 46.
Sunday: Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 63, Low 50.

Southeastern AL is pretty quiet today, while rain showers and some thunderstorms continue to stir over the far Western GOM. Eventually it will make its way to Dothan, but first, a nice start to the weekend!